Legal Representation for Third Party Custody
The happiness and welfare of children involved in family law cases is of the utmost importance to our law firm, and unfortunately, occasions exist where the child’s biological parents are unfit to raise them. We can help a relative, family friend, or partner of one of the child’s parents become the child’s custodian in such cases. This is called “third party” (or non-parental) custody. It is possible to be a parent to a child who is not your own, and in such cases you have rights.
When a non-parent (such as a grandparent) is an important factor in the child’s life and upbringing, they also could have cause to fight for visitation rights if one or both parents are fit to raise the child but have prevented the child from having contact with the non-parent. The court considers numerous factors when deciding whether to grant visitation rights to a third party. Generally, the third party needs to prove that they have been as much a parent to the child as have the biological parents. In legal terms, the third party needs to prove that they have been a “psychological” or “de facto” parent. These are difficult and complex cases but under the right circumstances the court can order third party visitation.
It is possible to be a parent to a child who is not your own, and in such cases you have rights. Ken Levey will fight to help you defend those rights and protect the child’s best interests.